Ideally, your pool pump would run all day every day. But let’s face it, that kind of energy (and money) spent is just not going to happen. So, let’s talk realistically.
When your pump runs, water is pushed through a filter, cleaned, and sent back into the pool. Any time your pool water spends not circulating is an opportunity for algae and bacteria to grow. Every drop of pool water should pass through your filter every day. If your pump is the right size and the right strength, it should run for eight hours at a time.
And don’t just think about running it every day, think about when you should run it. Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and schedule your pump to run over night. It uses a lot of energy, so take advantage of your area’s off-peak hours. Your electric bill will thank you.